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Giant Loop Riders: 13,000 km on Trans Canada Adventure Trail.

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Kiwis Keith and Bryan rode 13,000km, coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail on Yamaha WR250s with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags and Dry Bags. Here are some highlights from their adventure (captions by Keith)!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
1. Caribou Creek Saskatchewan . Almost as far north as the TCAT gets. Great spot – cabins, gas, food, beer!
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2. Chris Rieger and the Kiwis. We have Chris to thank for a world class effort in marking the TCAT in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Job very well done.
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3. Day off at the Nipawin Exhibition. The wagon racing was breathtaking!
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Trans Canada Adventure Trail
4. Bryan and deer – a certain attraction. Our altercations with them continue …
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5. Mike on a slippery slope in Saskatchewan . Hard to see the true grade but 5 mm of damp makes the surface like soap.
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6. Manitoba Lake – the Cree First Nation. A very warm welcome, Keith telling our story to locals.
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7. Keith looking for the trail in long grass. Bloody great moose appeared! (not in pic)
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8. Rains a’comin on the prairie.
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9. Oops. Road closed.
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10. Typical axle deep ‘damp patch’ we had to get through on the Saskatchewan prairie.

1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale + Local Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm, Bend, Oregon

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1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.

Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.

Giant Loop Garage Sale

Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon

Rider Magazine 2015 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Giant Loop Kiger Tank Bag + Pronghorn Straps

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Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:

“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”

Rider Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

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UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.

MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Welded film bladder transports 1 gallon of fuel in non-exhaust side of MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag

Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder. COMING SOON: GIANT LOOP GAS BAG FUEL SAFE BLADDER WITH OPTIONAL BALLISTIC SLEEVE

“Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin”: Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, March/April 2015

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With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda?CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Giant Loop Riders: Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle Ride Giant Loop of Oregon

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Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara

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Moto Lara (Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle) on Yamaha WR 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage.

For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.

Naomi's Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop's Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Naomi’s Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Alberto's Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto’s Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto and Naomi also rode in Peru for two months, camping off 200cc rental dirt bikes equipped with Giant Loop gear!

Tech Tip: Pronghorn Straps for Quick-Release Saddlebag and Pannier Mounts

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QUESTION
Recently email from customer Tim:

Hello I bought your Great Basin Saddlebag, couldn’t be happier with it.
Do you sell or recommend a quick release system?
I have the bag snug and fitted to my bike. I’d like be able to get under the seat or take the whole bag indoors with me without undoing all the compression straps.
Any suggestions?

ANSWER
Compression straps aren’t intended for mounting. On the Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers, the two side anchor straps and 1-3 rear anchor straps should do the trick.

We do not recommend quick-release options for the two side anchor straps, as an unintended release could be dangerous. It takes about two minutes to release the side anchor straps.

On the rear anchor(s), you can use our Pronghorn Straps for a clean quick-release solution:

Pronghorns Straps quick release solution for securing motorcycle soft luggage

Thread Pronghorn Strap through rear anchor thumb-lock fasteners on Great Basin Saddlebag and secure to tail rack, passenger handles or other solid mount point for a quick release and easy mounting solution.

Siskiyou Panniers motorcycle soft luggage with Pronghorn Straps

Pronghorn Straps work great on the Siskiyou Panniers’ rear anchors, speeding the process of mounting/dismounting

Giant Loop Rider: Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

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Local rider Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 is about as nicely set up as any we’ve seen, with Trail Tech Voyager GPS, Race Tech Suspension, full Yoshimura Exhaust and aftermarket carb. Here are some details about his MoJavi Saddlebag installation using the new Giant Loop (GL) Mounts, which will work great with the Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag, too. #golightgofastgofar

Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

Suzuki DRZ400 Trail Tech Voyager, Race Tech Suspension, Double Take Mirror

Geoff is using the Giant Loop GL Mounts, sharing a bolt point with his Suzuki DRZ400’s passenger peg mounts. GL Mounts help keep straps away from hot exhaust and shorten anchor strap length to maximize stability of Giant Loop Saddlebag installation.

Giant Loop GL Mounts universal soft luggage mounting solution

Geoff’s using a small spacer to set the Giant Loop GL Mount away from the passenger peg’s other bolt and to give plenty of room to work when anchoring Giant Loop Saddelbags and soft luggage to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles.

Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport saddlebags

 

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts make a clean installation, with straps kept away from boots on both sides.

 

Suzuki DRZ400 with Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport soft luggage

 

Since Geoff leaves the MoJavi Saddlebag mounted on his Suzuki DRZ400 all the time, he’s using a hard-mount bolt-on installation (which can also be done with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag).

MoJavi Saddlebag bolt-on hard mount on dirt bike

 

Two bolts through the dirt bike’s rear plastic fender and metal fender brace, a couple of washers and nylock nuts, and the Giant Loop Saddlebag is not coming off. Period.

MoJavi Saddlebag bolted onto dirt bike fender brace

 

Geoff secures the zip-off sleeves of his riding jacket to the front fender with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps.

Rubber Boa dirt bike and dual sport fender straps

Giant Loop Video: “The Eagles of Metal Horses” in Ecuador

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If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you need to check your pulse! Not your typical “here’s our motorcycle trip in Ecuador” kinda video, instead these guys shot a hilarious rock video throughout their trip! And, they’re riding with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags . . .

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

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Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Giant Loop Fitment: BMW F650 Funduro and GL Saddlebags, Tank Bags

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Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.

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After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.

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The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.

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Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: Balint Rides Europe On His Buell XB12, With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!

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He said,

“Hi GL,

Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!

All the best,

Balint

Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!